Massing of the Colors a tribute to servicemen and women
The General Westmoreland/Charleston Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars will conduct its 13th annual Massing of the Colors ceremony at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 6 in Summerall Chapel at The Citadel.
The Massing of Colors ceremony is dedicated to the memory of military service members who have given their lives to preserve our liberties. It also honors those who have served, and those who are serving to ensure our continued freedom and to preserve our military heritage. Last year, 34 color guards participated in the Massing of the Colors, which attracted 200 people.
The March 6 ceremony is free and open to the public. Guests are asked to arrive and be seated by 2:45 p.m. Retired Navy Cmdr. Richard L. Schreadley will be this year’s speaker.
Schreadley enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1949 and was commissioned in 1955. He retired from active duty in 1973. He is a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. His military service includes three tours in command at sea.
Schreadley began his journalism career as a reporter at the Evening Post following his retirement from the Navy. In 1978 he was named editor of the Evening Post and served in that position until 1981 when the staffs of the Evening Post and the News and Courier were combined. In 1981, Schreadley was named the first executive editor and was placed in charge of the combined operations. He retired from the paper in 1989 but remains among the Post and Courier’s columnists, writing on a wide range of current military and political topics.
A graduate of Dickinson College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Schreadley also is the author of “From the Rivers to the Sea,” a history of the U.S. Navy in Vietnam and “Valor and Virtue,” a history of the Washington Light Infantry.
The MOWW is a patriotic nonpartisan organization made up of retired military officers from all branches of service that promotes patriotism, good citizenship, service to country and national security. Established in 1919, the MOWW is comprised of more than 120 U.S. chapters active in youth leadership and patriotic educational programs and in support of ROTC programs.